An interesting thing is that if you asked Average Metal-Guy 10-15 years ago what he thought of New Renaissance Records your answer would more often than not be something like "That cheap label with all those crappy Thrash bands? Ha ha, no thanx..". With the rise of old-school Thrash Metal in popularity as well as the cultification of classic US Metal in later years, it seems that NRR is finally getting the credit and praise it deserves. Sure, there's plenty of mediocre stuff in their discography and the Immortal Masterpieces are few and far in between, but they had an edge and there's plenty of hidded goodies to be found, especially on the compilations.
I'm not gonna do an essay on the history of the label because it's all out there. This wikipedia-article covers the basics, and this interview done by the Voices From The Dark Side webzine is a bit more in-depth.
Now for some comments about this list:
That should be all for now.
|NRR01||V/A||Metal Madness volume one||LP||1985||More info here.|
|V/A||Speed Metal Hell||LP||1985||Co-released by Greenworld Records.
More info here.
|V/A||California's Best Metal||LP||1985||Co-released by Greenworld Records.
More info here.
|V/A||Satan's Revenge||LP||1985||Co-released by Greenworld Records.
More info here.
|Executioner||In The Name Of Metal||LP||1986||Co-released by Greenworld Records.
1 bonus track on cassette version: "Final Destruction".
|V/A||Ladykillers||LP||1986||Co-released by Greenworld Records.
Cassette version features 2 bonus tracks. More info here.
|Cerebus||Too Late To Pray||LP||1986||Co-released by Greenworld Records.
Cassette version features 1 bonus track.
|V/A||Speed Metal Hell II||LP||1986||Co-released by Greenworld Records.
More info here.
|GWD90549||V/A||Europe's Best Metal||LP||1986||Co-released by Greenworld Records.
A planned but never properly released comp. At least one test pressing is known to exist though.
More info here.
|At War||Ordered To Kill||LP||1986||Co-released by Greenworld Records.
Available on black and clear vinyl.
|NRR11||Post Mortem||Coroner's Office||LP||1986||Available on black, red (1000x) and clear vinyl.|
|NRR13||Anvil Bitch||Rise To Offend||LP||1986||Available on black and clear (300x) vinyl.|
|NRR14||Phantom||Dead Or Alive||LP||1986|
|NRR15||Necrophagia||Season Of The Dead||LP||1987|
|NRR16||Blood Feast||Kill For Pleasure||LP/CD||1987||Available on black, blue (500x) and clear (500x) vinyl.|
|NRR17||Savage Steel||Begins With A Nightmare||LP||1987||Available on black and blue (500x) vinyl.|
|NRR19||Post Mortem||The Missing Link||MLP||1987|
Reign Of Terror
|MLP||1986||Available on black and clear vinyl.|
|NRR21||V.V.S.I.||No Ace At Hand||LP||1986|
|NRR22||Hellion||Screams In The Night||LP||1987||Available on black and clear vinyl (1000 copies).|
|NRR4501||Hellion||Screams In The Night/Put The Hammer Down||promo 7"||1987||No p/s. Ltd to 300 copies.|
|NRR23||Wehrmacht||Shark Attack||LP||1987||A most beautiful blurr! One of the most extreme US albums at the time. I do prefer the "Biermacht" follow-up for some light & shade tho'..
Available on black, clear (300x) and blue (300x) vinyl - and supposedly on picture-disc as well, though I've never seen one (?)
1 bonus track on cassette version: "Showcase"
|NRR24||Executioner||Break The Silence||LP||1987|
|NRR25||Dream Death||Journey Into Mystery||LP/CD||1987||Available on black and red vinyl.|
|NRR26||King Kobra||III||LP/CD||1988||On NRR sublabel Rocker Records.|
|NRR27||V/A||Thrash Metal Attack||LP||1986||More info here.|
|NRR28||Hellion||s/t||MLP||1987||Reissue with extra tracks. Originally on a private (?) label in 1983.|
|NRR29||V/A||Speed Metal Hell III||LP||1987||More info here.|
|NRR30||Genöcide||Submit To Genöcide||LP||1987|
|NRR31||King Kobra||Limited Edition EP||12" EP||1984||On NRR sublabel Rocker Records.|
|NRR33||Bathory||Under The Sign Of The Black Mark||LP||1987||Licensed from Black Mark Records.|
|NRR34||Medieval||Medieval Kills!||LP||1987||1 bonus track on cassette version: "Plague"|
|NRR35||Blood Feast||Face Fate||MLP||1988||The 2nd offering from my semi-fave "bad" Thrash act continues right where "Kill For Pleasure" left off. A deathlike, full-frontal assault of razor-sharp screams and guttural riffing. Wouldn't change a thing if I could.
Also available on picture disc (3500x, NRPD35).
|NRR36||Hellion||Postcards From The Asylum||MLP||1988|
|NRR37||Deadly Blessing||Ascend From The Cauldron||LP/CD||1988|
|NRR38||Gargoyle||Limited Edition EP||12" EP||1988|
|NRR39||Deadly Blessing||Limited Edition EP||12" EP||1988|
|NRR41||At War||Retalitory Strike||LP/CD||1988|
|NRR42||Chyld||Limited Edition EP||12" EP||1988|
Licensed from Cogumelo Records.
Also on purple marbled vinyl without sleeve (1500 copies).
|NRR45||V/A||Thrash Metal Attack II||LP||1988||More info here.|
|NRR46||At War||Limited Edition EP||12" EP||1988|
|NRR48||V/A||Satan's Revenge II||LP||1988||More info here.|
|NRR49||Holocross||s/t||LP||1988||You think "Wolf Pak" is gonna be this unbeatable opener and then the awesome just never quits. Militant, stomping Thrash with haunting Deliverance/King Diamond bits and plenty more identity than their meagre beginnings as mid-league Heavy/Power-mongers IRON CROSS.|
|NRR51||The Unsane||Inverted Crosses||MLP||1988||Also available on picture disc (1100 copies). 3 misprinted copies allegely exists.|
|NRR53||Steel Fury||Lesser Of Two Evils||LP||1988|
|NRR54||Indestroy||Senseless Theories||MLP||1988||Test-pressing only, though later released through Restless in the US and SPV in Europe.|
|NRR55||Intense Mutilation||Safe Sex||LP||1988||Not Metal. "Humourus" noisecore.|
|NRR55||Intense Mutilation||Blowin' In The Wind/Stagediver||promo 7"||1988||Not Metal. "Humourus" noisecore.
Ltd to 500 copies, no p/s but includes a lyric sheet.
|NRR56||Amulance||Feel The Pain||LP||1988|
|NRR59||Prowler||Prowling Death Squad||MLP||1988||"Lick The Knife", the one real new track added since the private pressing version from 1986 is feckin' brilliant, mean Speed Metal and since the original EP was pretty brilliant already, you know what to do.|
|NRR60||Terrahsphere||Third In Order Of The Sun||LP/CD||1991|
|NRR61||Pretty Vacant||...And We Don't Care||LP||1989|
|EM-101||Necrophagia||Ready For Death||LP||1990||Officially on the "Embalming Records" label but it's generally considered a NRR release. Available on black and green (500x) vinyl.|
|72628||Blood Feast||Chopping Block Blues||LP/CD||1990||Co-released by Restless Records.|
|NRCDS 1||Dead Conspiracy||As You Would Have Them Do||promo CDS||1991||1-track promo. The "upcoming album" was never released.|
|NRS-3||Denial||Antichrist President||promo 7"||1991
|1-track promo. The full-length CD came out on Colossal Records.
The labels displays a seldom seen late NRR logo design. (Click the pic for a large version)
|Metal Zone||Issue #1||MC||199?||Had to include this curiosity for all the die-hard NRR-fans. It's a "tape magazine" issued by NRR in the early 90's (or late 80's?). Don't know if more issues were made. All info welcomed.|
|German pressings/releases co-released by SPV:|
|08-9801||Steel Fury||Lesser Of Two Evils||LP||1988|
|60-9802||Indestroy||Senseless Theories||MLP||1989||Released by Restless/Colossal Records in the US.|
|85-9803||Steel Fury||Lesser Of Two Evils||CD||1989|
|85-9804||Indestroy||Indestroy/Senseless Theories||CD||1989||Released by Restless/Colossal Records in the US.
Includes the s/t LP.
|Amulance||Feel The Pain||LP/CD||1989|
|Intense Mutilation||Safe Sex||LP/CD||1989|
|SPV 08-9809 (LP)
SPV 85-9810 (CD)
|Oliver Magnum||s/t||LP/CD||1989||Released by Restless/Colossal Records in the US.|
|SPV 08-9811 (LP)
SPV 85-9812 (CD)
|Soothsayer||Have A Good Time||LP/CD||1990||Released by Restless/Colossal Records in the US.|
|SPV 008-76371 (LP)
SPV 084-76372 (CD)
|Dead Orchestra||Global Lobotomy||LP/CD||1991||Co-released by Steamhammer Records.|